Book Review – Anything, by Jennie Allen

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I was recently asked to read and review an advance copy of Jennie Allen’s book “Anything – the prayer that unlocked my God and my Soul.” 

Early in the book Jennie wrote:

“I used to think knowing about God was the same as knowing him.”

She had my attention. As a good student, “a good little church girl” I could immediately relate. It was no coincidence that I was asked to read this book now! 

On the next page Jennie went on to quote one of her favorite professors:

“The only exercise that works 100 percent of the time to draw one close to the real God, is to risk . . . to risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future then to watch him come through . . . he starts to get real when you live like that.” 

Jennie is open and honest about the fear that prevented her from completely surrendering at that time in her life. It was years later when conversations, experiences, and a blog brought her and her husband, Zac, to the place where they were willing to offer everything to God. 

“The very thought of doing anything demands everything.”

How many of us are afraid to simply trust God? The “what ifs” overwhelm us. 

But Jennie and Zac wanted more, and were willing to risk it all; to put themselves and everything they owned completely into God’s hands.

Jennie asks, “Do we really think we are better captains of our lives than a God who sees everything and deeply loves us?”

How many of us, if we were really being honest with ourselves, would have to answer, “Yes.”

I’ll be honest with you. As I read through the chapters of what happened to Jennie and her family after she and Zac prayed, I thought . . . that’s no big deal; they haven’t had to change very much. But the truth is many of our changes aren’t visible for everyone to see. Much of what our heavenly Father does in refining us happens on the inside, and truthfully, I think I was a little ashamed that I was too afraid of the “what ifs” to do the same when I was her age. 

Jennie is honest about their fears and the challenges of trusting God with each day, each longing, and each and every situation. She is also real when she says:

“The story is just not over yet. All the battles aren’t fought and tied up with pretty little bows. God is still blowing through this world on a mission….”

I definitely recommend that you read “Anything” by Jennie Allen. Jennie is absolutely correct when she says:

“It is through surrender that God begins to untangle the soul and release us to the life and relationship for which we’ve been created.”

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